Takkarist McKinley
Takkarist McKinley
23-Year-Old Defensive EndDE
Atlanta Falcons
2019 Fantasy Outlook
McKinley is one of the most pivotal players for this 2019 Falcons defense. A No. 26 overall pick of Atlanta in 2017, McKinley has shown flashes of brilliance in the early stages of his NFL career, but hasn't quite broken out into the Pro Bowl-caliber edge rusher that he is capable of becoming. In two professional seasons since playing his final game at UCLA, McKinley has amassed 13 sacks, 25 QB hits, 14 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles, while also tallying a sack in each of his two playoff appearances. McKinley has dealt with shoulder issues dating back to the late stages of his collegiate career, but so far has toughed his way through by suiting up for 33 of a possible 34 regular and postseason contests. If near 100 percent as reported to be, he has potential to erupt in 2019 -- especially if Vic Beasley can generate consistent pressure from the opposite side. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $10.22 million contract with the Falcons in May of 2017.
Comes up with turnover
DEAtlanta Falcons
August 22, 2019
McKinley recovered a Deadrin Senat-forced fumble and ran the ball back for a 17-yard return during Thursday's 19-7 preseason loss to Washington.
McKinley is an undeniable X-factor for the Falcons defense, having shown promise as an edge rusher through his first two pro campaign but not yet having blossomed into a Pro-Bowl caliber player. In suiting up for 33 of Atlanta's 34 regular- and postseason contests between 2017 and 2018, McKinley registered 15 sacks, 27 QB hits, 16 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. Last year he started off hot with 4.5 sacks through the first three games, but he registered 2.5 takedowns in his remaining 12 appearances. If he proves capable of regaining that early-season form from a year ago, it will substantially increase Atlanta's ability to have a bounce-back year defensively.
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Measurables Review
How do Takkarist McKinley's measurables compare to other defensive ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 2"
265 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.59 sec
Shuttle Time
4.62 sec
Cone Drill
7.48 sec
Vertical Jump
33.0 in
Broad Jump
122 in
Bench Press
24 reps
Hand Length
9.75 in
Arm Length
34.75 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
After being selected in the first round of the 2017 draft, McKinley had a solid rookie campaign, playing in all 16 games while accumulating six sacks and two forced fumbles as a role player for the Falcons' ninth-ranked defense. The 230-pound end made his presence felt in the postseason as well, recording a sack in both of the team's playoff games against the Rams and Eagles. McKinley was on the field for only 33.8 percent of the team's defensive snaps last year, but with the departures of Dontari Poe and Adrian Clayborn over the offseason, the second-year man out of UCLA is likely to have a more integral role.
After playing his freshman season at Contra Costa College, McKinley sorted out his grades and transferred to UCLA, where he showed promise as a sophomore and became a regular contributor as an upperclassman. In his senior season, he finished the year with 10 sacks and 18 tackles for loss. He was eventually selected by the Falcons, who moved up in the draft to take him with the 26th pick in the 2017 draft. However, the Falcons may ease him into the system out of the gate, as he's recovering from shoulder surgery he underwent in early March. The 4-to-6 month recovery timetable means he may not be back to full contact by the start of training camp. He certainly figures to work into the defensive end rotation in his first season, but he may not have a starting role when Week 1 rolls around. Even in a limited role, he should be able to find the quarterback a few times if defenses shift their attention to linebacker Vic Beasley, who led the league in sacks last season and will line up opposite McKinley when the rook is on the field.
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Doing well after mental evaluation
DEAtlanta Falcons
January 16, 2019
McKinley is spending time with family in California after his friend summoned police Tuesday out of concern for the defensive end's mental well being, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
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Undergoing mental evaluation
DEAtlanta Falcons
January 15, 2019
McKinley was detained by Los Angeles police on Tuesday after his friend grew concerned for his well-being and called 911, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. It was reported that McKinley cooperated and left with police without being booked for any sort of crime.
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Picks up sack in Sunday's finale
DEAtlanta Falcons
January 2, 2019
McKinley registered a sack Sunday during the Falcons' 34-32 win over the Buccaneers.
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Formidable defensive showing Sunday
DEAtlanta Falcons
December 24, 2018
McKinley collected three tackles and half a sack during Sunday's 24-10 win against the Panthers.
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Another sack Monday
DEAtlanta Falcons
October 23, 2018
McKinley recorded three tackles (two solo) and a sack across 44 defensive snaps in Monday's win over the Giants.
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